Consultancy company tops tax defaulter list owing £10.6m

HMRC’s latest list of major tax defaulters is topped by a consultancy contracting company owing £10.6m on £12.5m unpaid tax, followed closely by a retail mail order house owing £5.2m, with a raft of restaurants and takeaways, as well as an accountant, also featuring

HMRC has published its latest quarterly listing of deliberate tax defaulters’ details, adding 84 names to the list of those who have received penalties either for deliberate errors in tax returns or for failing to comply with tax obligations. The 84 penalties amount to £12.7m on a total of £17.9m tax owed.

The list includes tax evaders whose penalties involve unpaid tax of more than £25,000.

The largest tax penalty on the current listing amounts to £10.6m on £12.5m of tax owed over the period of 6 April 2010 to 5 April 2016 by EE139 Realisations, a consultancy contracting company. The second biggest penalty of £5.2m went to a retail sale mail order house on £5.4m of tax owed from April 2014 to December 2016.

Aircall International, a mobile phones wholesaler, racked up penalties totalling £1.7m on £2.9m of tax owed over a period of three months and CGS Site Services, a construction company, was handed 3519,813 in penalties on £742,591 of tax.

Michael Sheridan, an accountant, also featured on the list owing £105,042 on £150,061 of tax owed from March 2013 to February 2017.

Also featuring on the list are a raft of various restaurants and takeaways with penalties varying.

HMRC only publishes details where the taxpayer has not made a full and immediate disclosure either before or during an investigation, and the information is made publicly available for a maximum period of 12 months.

HMRC’s deliberate tax defaulters list is available here.

Report by Amy Austin

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